I was inspired this month to work up some Art Deco inspired gingkos and a necklace fit for a roaring 20's flapper. Boy did they have amazing style back in the day. We are having a 1920's costume party on the Bead Cruise in a few months, so I'm sure you'll see several designs influenced by this time period as I work up something to wear. I pulled in some muted colors to accent my shabby chic white gingko leaf. The Czech glass in teal and bronze are accented by a ceramic bead from Gaea. I love the little touches of sparkle the faceted brass beads add to the beaded links. I'm so glad I bought several strands of those at the last show! Although now I wish I had bought them in bulk. You can never buy too many of favorite beads.
Here is a close up of the gingko leaf. I've wanted to make one forever, I don't know what it took so long. These were first created for the December Bead of the Month Club.
These beaded links are so fun and easy to make. Cut 10" of 22 gauge brass wire, fold it in half and create a wrapped loop in the center of the wire. String on the peanut seed beads on both sides and them create a wrapped loop with one wire and then wrap the other wire around the bottom of the loop. Trim of the excess wire and tuck in the edges.
I created these earrings to match the necklace but they are flying off to a good home now! I used tiny pewter beads from Green Girl Studio with my Birch disk beads.